Chicago Sinfonietta opens season with ‘Rethink. Redefine. Reimagine.’

Chicago music lovers, your patience is rewarded! The Chicago Sinfonietta’s 2014-2015 concert season is finally here, and soon you will have a chance to hear this unique orchestra again. During long and humid summer days these great musicians worked hard, and now they are ready to present to you their new concert program called “Rethink. Redefine. Reimagine.” Be ready for an unforgettable experience!
The Sinfonietta will rethink, redefine and reimagine what a symphonic concert experience can be. It has prepared two beautiful performances that will introduce this program. One will take place on Saturday, September 20th, at 8 p.m. at the Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville. Another one will happen on Monday, September 22nd, at 7:30 pm at the Symphony Center in Chicago.
Both performances promise to create touching memories and to surprise the audience with the combination of traditional and innovative approaches. One of the innovations will be a beer tasting designed to complement the music. Provided by the Two Brothers Brewing company, the beer tasting will start before the concert and will continue throughout the night. As Maestro Mei-Ann Chen said in the preview of this program, “Each beer is chosen to relate to one of the works on the concert and all tie back to the theme.”
The program will start with English Folk Song Suite composed by a famous British composer Vaughan Williams. This beautiful composition has a march-like rhythm and, as Maestro Mei-Ann Chen noticed, “is meant to launch the journey in a spirited manner”. It will be followed by the beautiful Dances in the Canebrakes by Florence Price, the first black woman in the United States to be recognized as a symphonic composer.
The first half of this concert program will end with a unique composition written by a British composer Benjamin Britten called Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. This piece is unusual because the author presents to the audience not only the sound of the full orchestra, but also introduces the contrasting voices of the instruments of different sections of the orchestra.
After your second beer tasting during the intermission, get ready for the main surprise, where the Sinfonietta will perform with Chicago’s resident punk marching band called Mucca Pazza. This energetic and charismatic marching band will join the Sinfonietta during the second half of the performance and even will engage in a “band battle” with it.
Together, they will perform a piece called Holiday on Ice written by Mark Messing, Mucca Pazza’s bandleader, an Excerpt from Symphony No. 1 by Gustav Mahler and Rabbits and Trees by David Smith. I never heard this marching band play and checked it out online while working on this article. These musicians impressed me with their unusual approach and unstoppable energy.
It is very difficult for me to imagine them playing Overture 1812 written by my famous fellow-countryman Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in a traditional manner, however, this particular composition was chosen to conclude that beautiful night. The Sinfonietta and Mucca Pazza will present this popular music in a brand new arrangement that promises to impress and inspire the entire audience. After this unforgettable culmination, another taste of beer will be a good choice.
Such a unique experience shouldn’t be missed. Tickets for this beautiful event can be purchased by calling the Chicago Sinfonietta at 312-236-3681, extension 2 or online at
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